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Centre équestre Le champ des licornes is a charming horse riding grounds where you and your family can go horseback riding. Trained handlers will help your children handle the hourses as they trot around the stable grounds. This is perfect spot for a birthday party for ages three and up.

One of Brussels' most popular attractions, The Théatre Royal De Toone has been entertaining audiences with marionette puppets since 1830. Not just for kids, the Toone puts on shows by Shakespeare, Faust, and other famous playwrights, all adapted to include some of the theater's trademark humor. Located close to the Grand Palace, the Toone offers shows in Dutch, Spanish, English, German, and Italian upon request. If you're planning a visit, reservations are recommended, as the Toone's shows tend to be very busy.

From dinosaur fossils to live tarantulas to rare gems, the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences Museum explores the natural wonders of our fascinating planet. The permanent galleries are unique and interesting, including a Gallery of Evolution, Insects Hall, and Minerals Hall. In addition to the permanent displays, the museum features several temporary exhibitions throughout the year, including interactive exhibits. This museum also serves as a research facility.

Walibi Belgium is a destination for family fun. Ride roller coasters to your heart's content and then enjoy dining and shopping in the park. Enjoy the thrills of the twists, turns, and loops on the Cobra roller coaster. Then, head to La Grande Roue for an unbeatable view of the park from the top of this ferris wheel. There are enough rides to keep everyone in the family happy all day, but restaurants like Pizza Solo and Swing Fries are there to help you fuel up if you need to take a break.

For the 50th anniversary of Belgian independence in 1880, King Leopold II commissioned the creation of Cinquantenaire Park, also called Jubelpark, and its grandiose triumphal arch. Today, you can visit the museums located here or you can rest on the plush lawn and admire the solemn manor houses. The Great Mosque and the Temple of Human Passions can also be found here. Every year on July 21st, on the National Holiday, there is an evening fireworks display. Jubelpark is an ideal spot for everyone.

This wonderful museum is for children aged four to twelve and is a must for every parent. The museum's exhibits help them discover their feelings, talents and senses. Professional performers welcome and guide you through the discovery rooms. These tours last two hours and can be enjoyed by both young and old. They are organized around themes from daily life with changing themes throughout the year. Visit their website for varying dates.

BRONKS began as an innovative theater group for children and youngsters in 1991. After nearly 2 decades in professional theater and stage productions, BRONKS set up its own performance venue on Varkensmarkt in the year 2009. BRONKS lends constant support to reputed stage actors by hosting plays and organizing theater workshops for young people. The widely acclaimed 'BRONKS Festival' is a celebration of innovative dramatics. Acts are staged in BRONKS' own theater as well as various venues across Brussels. Visit website for calendar of events.

Located about a half hour's drive outside of Brussels, Aqualibi is a water park offering fun for the entire family. Make your way down slides and tubes into a splashing good time. They have something for everyone, including a splash zone with no standing water for kids, and tall slides for the thrill-seekers in your group. An onsite restaurant offers fries, burgers, and more for when you've worked up an appetite.

Visit all of Europe's highlights in miniature form. No need for the Chunnel when Big Ben is just a few paces from the Eiffel Tower. Added to the fun is the fact that you don't just admire Mini Europe's sights, you can also participate. Want to erupt Vesuvius? Just press the button. Want to tear the Berlin Wall down once again? Go ahead. The miniature trees and plants in the park make everything appear realistic in scale. On weekends during the high season you can also visit at night and watch the musical firework display. Mini-Europe is fun for all ages.

Created by Engineer André Waterkeyn, and architects André and Jean Polak, for the 1958 World Exhibition, the Atomium is a landmark building inspired by the structure of an atom. To be more precise, the design is based upon the cuboid form of a unit cell of iron crystals, amplified 65 billion times to achieve a total height of 102 meters (335 feet). The nine gleaming spheres are held together by tubes, each sphere representative of one of the nine Belgian provinces. The final effect is that of a mammoth, geometric atom composed entirely of metal. The spheres are encased in stainless steel, and harbor exhibition rooms and other public spaces, while the top-most hosts a restaurant with panoramic views of the city. The connecting tubes accommodate escalators, elevators, and stairways that link the individual spheres to one another.

This museum is a fairy tale, not just for grown-up boys, but for anyone who ever dreamed of being behind the wheel at the start of a Formula 1 Grand Prix. You'll find modern sports cars as well as vintage antique cars, including Belgian Rolls-Royce of the 1930s and even a limousine owned by John F. Kennedy. More tranquil minds can dream away in the D'Ieteren Hall, that shows a fine collection of carriages and other equestrian items.

In this magnificent Old England building, one of architect Santenoy's creations, the Museum of Musical Instruments houses the world's largest collection of musical instruments: 7000 strong. The exhibition displays 1500 instruments, and visitors receive headphones so they don't have to actually play the ancient instruments to hear them. There is a museum shop and a library open by appointment. The restaurant on the sixth floor offers a breathtaking view of Brussels.

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